Full dive into the Apple Ecosystem? Switching from Windows and Android
Hello Apple users,
first of all I’d like to mention that I have never owned a MacBook but I was an iOS user from late 2010 to late 2015, when iOS was objectively better. Late 2015 I switched to Android as I’ve felt Apple stagnated and Android was catching up/surpassing iOS.
There are a few reasons why I am thinking of switching back.
# 1. My problem with Android/Google
I feel like Google doesn’t know where it’s going..
the Pixel line is a failure 4 Generations in, the nightmare of ad- and malware that is the Playstore, I don’t know WTF they were thinking with Stadia, updates are still a mess considering android as a whole and overall after 5 years android is still way too fractured, in a bad way.
Samsung is trying way too hard with forcing their own non-removable software down your throat along Googles already pushy attitude regarding android becoming more and more cluttered with proprietary software (yes, I am one of those crazy people who like to use Open-source software if possible, since I don’t want to trust random companies to data mine me). And yes Google data mines like crazy but it’s getting worse and Android phones are getting more and more expensive.
# 2. I hate Windows
Let’s be real here, no Microsoft I don’t want Candycrush constantly installed on my Workstation. The only reason why I was able to endure the absolute cesspool of what is Windows 10 is that I mostly live in apps, where Windows doesn’t shine through a lot and even then I want to delete Windows 10 at least a few times per week.
Another big reason why I managed to get by so long is that, whenever I can, I tend to use Linux. However, Linux has its own issues in terms of directions and how fractured it is, not even getting into lack of widespread software which doesn’t have a real Open-source alternative.
# 3. I want to get back into Drawing/Art
Which brings me to tablets and digital Art, which brings me to the conclusion that the new iPad Pro’s have no competition, which means I’d have to get at least one Apple product regardless. (I don’t want to get something from Wacom etc. as I want it to work without a PC/Mac)
Those are not all reasons I want to/think about switching but listing all would take too long and those are most of the main ones anyway.
# What holds me back? (Android Apps)
The few things that hold me back are, of course, Apps. Most of them are Open-source and/or not available on iOS.
1. MoneyWallet (Personal Finance App that I use extensively)
2. AndOTP (Authentication)
3. KeepassXC (Password Manager) Very important
4. YouTube Vanced (vanilla YouTube is unusable due to amount of ads)
5. Xtra (Twitch equivalent of YouTube Vanced)
6. Tachiyomi (Manga reading app)
7. New Pipe (Open-source YouTube client)
8. Torrents (for downloading Linux ISO’s)
I’ve searched around a little bit for alternatives but most require jailbreaking (which I don’t want to do necessarily) or using something like Tweakboxapp which I’m not sure about how safe they are…
As for torrents, I haven’t found anything reliable on iOS which sucks.
My Ideal setup would look differently, I would like to use complete Open-source Android on a good Phone and tablet + Linux on my Laptop but in reality it is not feasible, they are just too fractured.
So my only choice with full working cohesion that is streamlined over multiple devices is Apple.
**If any of you guys know about reliable alternatives/iOS equivalents for the apps I have listed, please tell me, thanks!**
(if they are Open-source the better!)
Android is starting to annoy me, I hate Windows and I have to get an iPad Pro anyway so might as well switch completely to Apple. A few apps are holding me back from switching, if you know any reliable alternatives please tell me, thanks!